DOJ Requests Extra Time to Respond to Supreme Court’s Jan 6 Ruling

Democrat President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested more time to respond after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that obstruction charges against Jan. 6 defendants were invalid.

The DOJ has asked several judges for more time to figure out how to proceed on multiple cases, including charges against President Donald Trump.

As Slay News reported, legal scholar Jonathan Turley explained that the Supreme Court’s ruling “downgraded” Jan. 6 from a so-called “insurrection” to merely “trespassing” charges.

Many of the judges are based in Washington, D.C., the jurisdiction where the January 6 defendants have been charged.

Prosecutors are asking for one to two months of extra time to figure out how they want to proceed on pending charges and existing convictions.

One specific case involves Ronald Sandlin, who is serving a more than five-year sentence for obstruction and assaulting a police officer.

Judge Dabney Friedrich has ordered prosecutors in the case to come up with new recommendations for charges and sentencing in light of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Fischer V. United States.

The SCOTUS ruled that obstruction must be limited to destroying physical documents that could serve as evidence.

Prosecutors asked for 30 extra days to figure out their game plan.

“The government is actively assessing the impacts of Fischer on Jan. 6 cases in a variety of procedural postures,” they said.

They admitted that the obstruction charge may not be appropriate under the narrower Supreme Court ruling.

“The government will also analyze whether it would still be able to meet its burden under the narrower interpretation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2) articulated in Fischer, and whether Fischer alters the government’s position on the defendant’s sentence,” prosecutors wrote.

Not all judges are willing to deal with the delays the DOJ is asking for, however.

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In another case against Tara Stottlemeyer, prosecutors asked for 60 days to figure out whether to vacate her conviction on obstruction.

She has already served her jail sentence for breaking into several offices and rifling through papers but is still on probation.

Prosecutors noted that the obstruction charges were not wholly negated and that the DOJ needs time “so that this process may take place efficiently and thoughtfully.”

In that case, Judge Timothy Kelly denied the DOJ’s request to have until September.

The judge ordered the DOJ to have the case together by July 30.

Judge Tanya Chutkan will also have to rule on whether or not the charges against Trump can go forward.

However, it remains to be seen where DOJ prosecutors still try to make the anti-Trump charges stick.

READ MORE – Jonathan Turley: Supreme Court ‘Downgraded’ Jan 6 to ‘Trespassing’

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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